|An isle of books at the Family History Library - like a genealogy gold mine|
But, libraries these days are hubs of activities and technology, as well as books.
Let’s talk about the two BIG libraries in the world of genealogy. The Family History Library (FHL) in Salt Lake City and the Allen County Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I’ve been to the FHL three times and each trip was wonderful. I learned a lot and spent most of my days there on the third floor where it’s wall to wall books. I have never had the pleasure of going to the Allen County library, but it’s on my list.
How important are libraries to our genealogical research? VERY IMPORTANT!
Not all, or even close to all of our research can be done online. WHAT? Yes, it’s true. Many millions of records and the information we seek about our ancestors is still only available with boots on the ground research.
I’ve taken several genealogy road trips. What could be more fun? Each time I go I visit a library or two. I also go to historical societies, but that’s for another blog post.
Let’s review where I’ve gone and what libraries I’ve visited:
- Beginning here at home I often visit the Carlsbad Library or the
- San Diego Public Library downtown, which holds all the genealogical books and materials from the San Diego Genealogical Society
- Macomb County, Michigan – Mt. Clemens Library
- Richmond, Virginia – The Richmond Public Library
- Cabell County, West Virginia – the Marshall Library
- Lawrence County, Ohio – The Briggs Library
- Los Angeles – The Los Angeles Public Library
- What are you looking for?
- Who do you need information on?
- What does this library offer? Search their card catalog before you go
- Take your laptop, tablet, smart phone and camera
- Clothes pins to hold books open
Here’s a screen shot of some of the items from a trip to the FHL in June 2015. Remember to always FIRST photograph the title page and/or the copyright page if they are on two different pages. Then you will know exactly which book your images came from.
This is what your images will look like. I transfer them to my computer from my camera card, each day. After they are transferred I crop and straighten or enhance them as needed.
Take advantage of the local histories that may be on file at the libraries. Also check for city directories for that location. Use the microfilm readers to view items that may not be available online. Especially local newspapers.
Ask questions of staff, as they can be a wealth of information.
Have fun and enjoy. I can literally get lost in libraries for hours on end.
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